Results tagged “Safety” from GSSA Leader Blog: The Virtual Volunteer

In our previous entry, we linked the Safety-Activity Checkpoint for Parades.  Here's another reminder: 

1.       If your troop plans to participate in a Christmas parade,  be sure and email Mary Anne Brutkiewicz ( ) with the following information: date, time, place, nature of the parade, troop number,  program level and number of girls participating.  

      Remember, Girl Scouts are allowed to participate in parades, but are not allowed to throw items -- we don't want anyone to be injured in all the excitement. 

Keeping girls safe is a priority in Girl Scouting.  In the past, the way we have done so is by consulting the Safety-Wise book when planning outings and activities.  We are pleased to introduce the new "Safety Activity Checkpoints".  These 45 checkpoints replace the ones that have existed in Safety-Wise for the last several decades. 


You will no longer have to read introductory material, Universal Checkpoints, checkpoints for the category of the activity (land sports, water sports, and so on), and activity-specific checkpoints -- eight or nine pages of material spread out over several sections. Instead, you can read, search, and print completely self-contained checkpoints, each four pages or less.


Just click on the name of the activity you want information on, and off you go!

The times change, recreational opportunities change, and Safety-Wise, our resource for keeping our girls as safe as possible during any activity, has been updated to reflect this! As a troop leader, you received a copy of Safety-Wise during your initial training.  Our web site now has a pdf document with all the updates, going back to 2004.  Print it out and keep it with your copy of Safety-Wise so you will be up to date!

If you no longer have your copy of Safety-Wise, they are available for purchase at the Council Shops.  Every troop must have a copy -- it is a great resource!

GSUSA announced today a new online safety campaign with Microsoft.  The name of this initiative is LMK (text-speak for "let me know"), and the program is designed to build girls as leaders in promoting online safety.  The web site is

What is LMK?

LMK ("let me know") is an online safety campaign created in partnership with Girl Scouts of the USA and Microsoft. The campaign includes an interactive Web site for girls, as well as an e-newsletter and Web site for adults. Each month, an all-girl editorial board explores a different internet safety topic online and then shares what they learned in the e-newsletter, which is distributed to adults the following month.

What can girls expect to find on the girls' Web site?

Girls can anticipate learning more about internet safety through a fun and interactive Web site which includes forums, video features, articles, quizzes, polls, games and a question & answer column from internet safety expert, Parry Aftab.  There is also a "digital patch", Girl Scouts' first ever!

What about the adult components of the campaign?

The e-newsletter and adult site are designed to provide parents with timely guidance and also serve as a tool to help families have open and honest conversations about the dangers that lurk in cyberspace. 

Why is LMK important?

With the escalating popularity, increasing access to the internet and online technologies, it is important for teens and parents to be aware of the dangers that exist in cyberspace. The LMK ("let me know") campaign not only creates a space for internet safety experts and teen peer advisors, it also provides guidance about topics like cyberbullying and online sexual predators. The adult components of the campaign help teens to bridge the digital generation gap between themselves and their parents.


What is LMK teaching my kid that she doesn't already know?

While many young people are aware of the issues of cyberbullying and online predators, not many people know how to keep themselves safe. The LMK campaign shows teenagers how to stay safe online by:

????         Surprising girls with what they can learn about online safety;

????         Inspiring girls to pass their learning on to their friends;

????         Including their parents in a dialogue about online safety;

????         Empowering girls to become thought leaders who advocate safe and responsible use of technology.

Why is the Girl Scouts partnering with Microsoft?

Girl Scouts of the USA is committed to helping today's girls become tomorrow's leaders. Thanks to the support of Microsoft, we are able to create a unique online learning experience for girls, which furthers our mission of building girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. 


Here's the scenario:  your girls are making lots of cookie profits and want to use the money to take a trip.  They brainstorm exciting activities and destinations and turn their shining, eager faces to you for approval. 
What's your next step?  Our Volunteer Services Liason, Cheryl Miller, is happy to answer this frequently asked question. "Safety-Wise, our manual that defines safety guidelines for almost every situation, is our best reference.  It outlines, step by step, what you should do to prepare for almost any trip or activity, including when you need to contact the council or your service area for approval.  Chapter 7 outlines the steps for activities that are not covered by other chapters (like camping, land-based activities, and water activities).  There is even a helpful list on page 80 that outlines activities that are not approved -- sorry, bungee jumping is out!" 
Safety-Wise takes the guessing out of activities planning. It's a great resource! Other resources can be found on our Forms page, including: 

Form for getting written authorization:  overnight trip/camping form...

Additional Insurance form

Dear Parents, Leaders and Friends,
On Wednesday, June 4, one of our Camp Scoutshire Woods resident camp units took an adventure kayaking trip.  On their drive home, one of the vehicles was involved in a serious traffic accident.  Girls and staff were transported to area hospitals for treatment.  Five of those involved were evaluated, treated and released.  Two others remain hospitalized.
Our main concern is always the health and safety of the girls in our care.  Our hearts go out to those injured, their families and loved ones.  As you can imagine, this type of incident is of concern to everyone at camp and those involved in our many programs and activities.  We are always cognizant and careful to assure the health and safety of the lives we are entrusted with.
We invite you to send those who remain hospitalized get well wishes by posting a comment to this post.  To post a comment, click on the comment tab above.
Liz Brent, Ph.D.

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